JOHN’S JOURNAL

The Perfect Time to Feed Your Hardy Plants

It’s so often the case, everyone happily invests in new plants and finds them loving homes in their garden whether it be in the ground or in pots, but when it comes to the feeding side of things it’s often something that it forgotten and simply overlooked, yet it’s one of the most important parts to keeping many plants happy!

The feeding of plants isn’t rocket science either, sometimes many of you may be overwhelmed by looking at the fertiliser shelves and wondering what on earth to choose, Miracle Grow, Bonemeal, Potash, Pellet based or Liquid Feeds, it’s all foreign language to so many, yet back in the day feeding was an education that many knew, and it has such an influence on how your plants perform. If you don’t know then it’s something you should really take time to study, and in the few words below it will all become clearer. At this time of year it’s prime time to feed all your flowering hardy plants, shrubs, perennials, trees and grasses plus many more. Feeding now gives the plants all the energy for the season ahead, and if you have any Spring flowering plants looking a bit sorry for themselves and no flowers then now is when you feed them to help promote these for next year.

All hardy plants thrive on a pellet based feed and don’t reach for the chicken pellets or miracle grow. These are far too high in nitrogen and all that will do is promote leaves. All fertilsers are made up of 3 elements N -Nitrogen (energy and leaves), P – Phosphorus (root growth, flower and fruit development) and K – Potassium (helps the overall development and functions of a plant). The balance of nutrients in Miracle Grow is 7-7-7 and for flowering plants this is far too high in Nitrogen meaning all it will give them is long luscious growth but not enough energy for flower development and for this you need more of the other 2 elements, P and K. So what do you choose? Vitax Q4 is the perfect across the board choice and it’s so easy to apply, simply put it on now, a handful to the square yard and it sits on the surface and the pellets break down over the next 5 months washing through into the soil, perfect timing! 

So for anything you want flowers or fruits on then reach for Vitax Q4, at the nursery we swear by it and feed many gardens with it,  and if you’re trying to green up any hedging or topiary at this time of year its topiary feed you want to reach for, this is higher in Nitrogen, the element for luscious green growth in an abundance! Anyway next week we will explore the different shapes and sizes in the topiary world and how to keep it all happy and looking its best.

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Here you can send in and find out the answers to those gardening problems

 

Is Vitax Q4 organic?

Yes it’s a natural organic, and sustainable feed, filled with all the trace elements and it’s something we have used for several decades at the nursery. It will make your plants develope and grow just how you want them to, plus you can look forward to plenty of flowers and fruits later on down the line. 

How many times should I feed with Vitax?

Once a year is perfect for established plants, just make sure not to put the pellets into the heart of the plant and if you plant any new plants during Summer and Autumn you can also put some of it around them aswell to help give them a boost before the Winter. Then make a note in the diary to feed next year later on in March or early April

When should I use liquid feeds?

Liquid feeds are great for pepping things up, miracle grow will help green things up but for any flowering plants which have been dead headed a liquid feed like Tomato food will help promote more flowers and if you have bedding plants these thrive on a bi-weekly feed of high potash liquid feed again like Tomato food. With the nature of a liquid feed the nutrients soon get washed through so always plan a schedule of re-applying them.

 

JOBS FOR THE WEEKEND

 

Plant of The Week

Erica carnea (Spring Heathers)

They are in full bloom at this time of year and the perfect addition to Spring containers, rockeries or at the front of flowerbeds. They look beautiful en-mass under White Stemmed Birch and will tolerate a lime or acidic soil unlike Summer Heathers which need an acid soil.